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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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Brethren, ladies, and friends,
As we reach the half way point of the year I want to again thank everyone for their support this year, I hope I’m doing the office justice.
That said, I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend & I want to thank everyone that joined us at the Duffers Golf Tournament & especially Wor. Eduardo Estrada P.M. for putting it all together. I know our Senior Warden is looking forward to putting it on again next year, so keep an eye out for the date around the same time in 2020!
Speaking of annual dates, please mark your calendars for July 14th, for the annual Home Lodge Picnic!! Same place as always, Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley, CA. If you’ve never been & would like more information do not hesitate to ask the Secretary, Treasurer, or one of the pillar Officers.
We had another fantastic Layman’s Night hosted by Brother Linares. These education nights have been a great success and I urge you all to join us when you can. We alternate between open to the public & degree specific each month. May’s topic was DeMolay & Bro. Linares knocked it out of the park. June’s upcoming topic will be for Master Masons only, and we hope to see all our Master Masons there!
Bro. Linares has earned another honor recently as well. As many of you know from the announcement at the May Stated Meeting, Home Lodge has selected Bro. Linares as our Mason of the Year and there is a dinner honoring him on July 13th, 2019 at the Pasadena Scottish Rite. An announcement will be made at the Stated meeting & tickets will be $25.00 a person. Please join us in honoring our very worthy brother. Another date to remember, June 9th, 2019. This
will be our Rainbow Assembly’s installation where none other than Natalie Gazazian will be installed as Worthy Advisor. I urge all that can make the event to join us to support our Brother and his very wonderful daughter. An announcement will be made during the June Stated meeting will the full details.
Now that I think I’ve covered all the announcements I can think of, I must thank everyone that joined us for our last degree night. We had a fantastic turnout and I appreciate the Brethren being there to welcome our newest member. Home Lodge’s policy of having prospects attend enough meetings to get to know as many of the members as possible is beginning to show results. It gave me so much joy to see a man that has been joining us for dinners for months now become a Brother among us. If you’ve been away from Home for sometime, we’d love to see you stop by, even if only for a quick hello and a hug.
Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than Home.
Dear Brethren and Ladies,
I would like to wish all the father’s a Happy Fathers Day. I hope all the mothers had a Happy Mothers Day in May. We are now half way through the year and it has not been without its challenges. However, it has been with its triumphs. I’m very proud of our Officer line, who continues to put in work each week to perform wonderful degrees. I’m very proud of Bro. Boris for putting on these great educational nights each week.
One of the things I wanted out of my lodge and masonry when I first joined was education. Until this year, my education consisted of little bits of research here and there. Prior to joining masonry, I imagined coming to lodge and sitting with my brothers studying, talking, and learning about masonry by engaging each other. Bro. Boris made my imagination come to life when I sat in my first Masonic Education night.
However, to get to this point of having education nights was a lot of work. No one has done more work than Bro. Boris but, it was a lodge effort to organize these nights. I’m so happy to have my lodge provide the piece of masonry I’ve been dreamed of having. I cannot describe the excitement I have coming to lodge of an education night. I love being able to sit with my brothers, talking about exploring masonry.
This was a change I’ve wanted. The next changing coming will be doing more together as brothers. Spending more time together outside of lodge and out side of having to perform. Brothers just being… brothers.
All lodges in California are changing. Masonry in California is changing. We need to change with it. Ask yourself about a change that you would like to see and then come see me or one of the Officers. Let’s work together to make the change that we want for the betterment of the lodge… for the betterment of masonry. Let’s work together to make Home Lodge better each year and be the changes we want to see happen, instead of waiting or hoping things will change.
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
In the month of May we welcomed Brother Petrosyan into the fraternity. If you see him around lodge please congratulate him on his initiation.
At the end of the month we had another Masonic Education night. This time talking about the history of De Molay. We also discussed what differences we’d like to see it in our lodge, and things we’d like to do for the community. I encourage all brethren, if you have any thoughts for what you’d like to see in the lodge, please come to any of the officers.
We have many great events approaching in the summer months, the Duffers Golf Tournament on June 2nd, and the Home Lodge Annual Picnic on Sunday July 14th. I hope to see you all there.
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASON
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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